Balmain Peninsula Transport History Launch

If you are worried about traffic congestion and the WestConnex you should consider the how people moved around in the early days. Duncan MacLausan’s book Balmain Peninsula Transport History will enlighten you and make a great christmas gift for family and friends.

To be launched 2pm Saturday 10th December

at the Balmain Watch House, 179 Darling St, Balmain.

In Duncan’s words

“They say that you wait ages for a bus and then two come at once.

For me that seems to be the case with writing books. In December two of my transport history projects come to fruition; one on Balmain and the other on Sydney’s horse buses.

Balmain’s transport history is fascinating including ferries, trams, railways, horse and motor buses, from the early days when watermen rowed residents from Millers Point to wharves at the east end of the peninsula. As the population grew the watermen formed a ferry company under the control of the Perdriau family which in the 1880s became the Balmain Steam Ferry Company providing services to wharves on both the north and south sides of the peninsula.”

There will be an exhibition of ferries, trams and buses and a return of the popular story boards “Callan Park: Compassion and Conflict in the Asylum”. It will be open on Tuesdays 11am to 1pm and Saturdays 11.30 to 3pm throughout December and January.

Exhibition will open Saturdays 7, 14,  28 January and 4 February 11.30 to 3pm and

Tuesdays 20 December and 3, 10, 17 and 24 January 11am to 1pm.

Balmain Peninsula Transport History is published by the Balmain Association and sponsored by Cobden and Hayson.

$25 on sale at the Watch House and local bookshops.

Ryle’wy,  The story of Sydney’s horse bus industry. Transport Australia Publishing, RRP $59.95


Perdriau family ferry at East Balmain Wharf.


ferry at East Balmain